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Port of Halifax Board appoints new President and CEO

2019-08-22

The Board of the Halifax Port Authority (HPA) has chosen its new President and CEO: Captain Allan Gray will be concluding his tenure as Harbour Master and General Manager - Operations of Fremantle Ports in Perth, Australia, and joining the Halifax Port Authority as President and CEO in late November, 2019.  He will be succeeding Karen Oldfield, who joined the port in 2002.

"Captain Gray's extensive experience in leading a large port with similar priorities and economic impact as our own, from container and bulk shipping to cruise and infrastructure expansion projects, will serve the growing Port of Halifax's needs well," says Board Chair Hector Jacques.

"Our new CEO brings great depth and breadth of experience, and relationships in maritime transportation, shipping and cruise which will allow the Port of Halifax to continue to play an important role in growing Canada's international trade," says Mr. Jacques.

"I am excited to be joining the Port of Halifax, which is well-recognized around the world for being well-run and highly competitive," says Captain Gray, "I look forward to working with the board, staff, Port partners and the community to support the development, alignment and implementation of the Port's vision and strategy to grow as Canada's Ultra Atlantic Gateway."

Captain Gray plans to attend the annual Port Days events in Halifax on September 18-19 where he will be introduced to the port community.

"The Port of Halifax is now well-positioned for significant future growth. I want to thank CEO Karen Oldfield and her team at HPA for their efforts to ensure our port becomes Canada's east coast entry point for ultra-class container vessels as well as their continued success in growing the cruise business for Halifax and all of Atlantic Canada. We welcome and look forward to Allan Gray continuing to build on this positive momentum as he assumes the position of President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority in late 2019," says Mr. Jacques.

"We will be recognizing Karen's important contributions to the port in the coming months as she assists the board, staff and our stakeholders to prepare for our leadership transition," added Mr. Jacques.

Capt. Gray joined Freemantle Ports in 2006 as Deputy Harbour Master/Manager Marine and Port Operations and was appointed Harbour Master in 2008 and in addition to this statutory function was appointed General Manager Port Operations in 2009. He is currently President of the International Harbour Masters Association. Prior to coming ashore, his career at sea spanned over 20 years. He traded on various vessels, from ro/ro to container, bulk and LPG tankers.

 
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Défi kayak Desgagnés, un franc succès!

2019-08-22

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

 

Jeunes musiciens du monde et Desgagnés sont très fiers de la cinquième édition du Défi kayak Desgagnés qui se déroulait du 15 au 18 août. De nouveaux sommets ont été atteints à tous les niveaux : non seulement le nombre de participants était plus élevé que jamais - ils étaient 150 à pagayer sur le fleuve de Montréal à Québec - mais pour la 5e édition, l'événement a fracassé tous les records en remettant la somme de 300 300 $ à Jeunes musiciens du monde, soit le double de l'année dernière. S'ajoutent aussi une logistique sans faille et des spectacles hauts en couleur chaque soir. Les organisateurs ont pu déclarer fièrement mission accomplie !

Pour parcourir les 240 km sur le majestueux fleuve Saint-Laurent on estime que les participants ont donné 15 millions de coups de pagaie collectifs en 4 jours.

Au-delà du défi sportif, le Défi kayak Desgagnés offre, année après année, une expérience humaine unique aux participants qui vivent un mélange d'émotions, d'efforts, de plaisir et de dépassement de soi. Les prestations d'Yves Lambert, The Lost Fingers et de Simon Kingsbury ont fait vibrer les sportifs qui n'ont cessé d'en redemander, leur faisant oublier leurs muscles endoloris par les kilomètres pagayé.

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Un don de 100 000 $ du Groupe Océan à la Fondation de l'IMQ

2019-08-21

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

 

Rimouski - 21 août 2019 : Le Groupe Océan a fait l'annonce officielle d'un don de 100 000 $ dans le cadre de la campagne majeure de financement de la Fondation de l'Institut maritime du Québec (IMQ). Le Groupe Océan devient ainsi le partenaire majeur de la journée de l'Abordage qui portera pour les cinq prochaines années le nom : Abordage OCÉAN.

Complices depuis toujours, le Groupe Océan et l'IMQ entretiennent des liens forts qui se concrétisent souvent à travers des projets innovants, comme la réfection du Café étudiant en 2015 désormais appelé Café Océan.

«Le Groupe Océan est à nos côtés depuis le début de cette campagne majeure, la plus grande de notre histoire. D'abord en acceptant la coprésidence du cabinet pour piloter ce dossier, puis en octroyant le tout premier don majeur!», indique Geneviève Allard, Présidente de la Fondation de l'IMQ.

Dans le cadre de l'entente avec le Groupe Océan, ce dernier a choisi de s'associer à l'Abordage parce que cette activité unique organisée par l'IMQ permet aux élèves et aux membres du personnel de tisser des liens forts dès la rentrée en plus de faire la promotion des valeurs chères à l'école : le dynamisme, la solidarité et le sens de l'engagement. Des valeurs que partage le Groupe Océan.

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